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Man Shot Police Officer Who Was Pulling Him Over, Then He Died in Shootout with Law Enforcement: Cops


Christopher J. Kitts

Law enforcement in Tennessee say the suspect who shot a police officer has been killed in a shootout with authorities. Christopher J. Kitts, 43, was pronounced dead after a manhunt, the East Ridge Police Department said.

Cops say that an officer, who they named as East Ridge Police Corporal Terry Prescott, had originally made a traffic stop on a red Dodge Challenger on Sunday afternoon. Kitts, the driver, got out and fired shots at Prescott before the corporal could even exit his vehicle, authorities said. The suspect fled, while Prescott survived in stable condition, officials said.

Thus began a manhunt that crossed state lines. Georgia State Patrol said they found the Dodge Challenger in Rossville, Georgia (Walker County). Kitts fled on foot, authorities said.

“The fugitive was located after an extensive air and ground search by multiple law enforcement agencies,” cops said. “The fugitive engaged officers several times with gunfire before ultimately being shot.”

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk described an extensive standoff with the suspect in a wooded area. He said Kitts would open fire any time upon hearing a sound.

The motive for the shooting of Prescott remains under investigation.

[Image via East Ridge Police Department]

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